Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

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Shrimp from Thailand?

A steamed tail-on shrimp.

A steamed tail-on shrimp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shrimp in U.S. supermarkets are usually not from the U.S. but from many countries including Thailand.  If you buy frozen shrimp, be sure to look for the country of origin required to be displayed on the package somewhere.  Often it’s hard to find, but keep looking.  For more guidance, click HERE.


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Is One Diet the Best?

Eat less do more

Eat less do more (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This article discusses which diet is “best”, an over-debated topic in the nutrition world.   The bottom line – there is not one that stands out.  But if you look at the secrets of the world’s healthiest cuisines, they do have some common features so simply put forth by Michael Pollan – ” eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”



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2015 Dietary Guidelines?

American science journalist and author Michael...

American science journalist and author Michael Pollan, speaking at a Yale University “Masters Tea” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No big headlines this time around, but if you don’t want to read the 571 page document for the  2015  U. S. Dietary Guidelines, here are some highlights from The Atlantic.   The recommendations, though vague,  stress moderation and resemble the Mediterranean Diet.   Another way to put it:  “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”, so Michael Pollan has it right.  Read his Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.  So much more fun.


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The Bone Broth Fad


Broth from meat and vegetables

Broth from meat and vegetables (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About a month ago, there was an extensive article in our local Asheville, NC paper about bone broth. According to the article, it was described as a “health tonic” or a “health-giving elixir”.  It is rich in collagen and amino acids needed to “strengthen tendons, joints, and ligaments.”  And best of all, it only takes 72 hours to make. This article gives a fair assessment of bone broth, its strengths (if any) and its limitations.   It probably would do no harm if you want to go to the trouble of making it – but don’t believe the hype.


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Do You Cook?

One of the main keys to an attitude change for healthier diets is to return to our roots of cooking our own food and not relying on the highly processed convenience foods that have invaded our food supply.  Use sparingly.  See my previous post HERE.  For more inspiration, read Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan.


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Profits Over Principles?


"Your community can sponsor a school lunc...

“Your community can sponsor a school lunch program for its children” Make America Strong set. Poster number 10. – NARA – 514939 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looks like Big Food has won again in its relationship with the School Nutrition Association (SNA).   Read HERE about their latest conference.  Shameful!  Hard to beat their influence and the stronghold they have on the School Lunch battle.   If you have children in the School Lunch Program, this is must read!!!  In my opinion, if our food culture ever can change for the better, it has to begin with our youngest citizens.





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